CPCU President’s Message – November 2016

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 09:20
by Kim Ferrera

CPCU President’s Message – November 2016

As you read this message, it’s my hope that you got a chance to have time off to enjoy Thanksgiving with family, friends and those special people in your life.  This time of year always makes me stop and count my blessings and this year was no different.


I am so very grateful for being part of the Arizona CPCU Chapter.  I’ve lived in several states and cities across the country and have had the opportunity to be part of several local chapters, but none as special as this one.  Our members are some of the most caring and thoughtful Insurance Professionals that I’ve had a pleasure serving with.  It’s impressive to see how much our members give back to others and commit their time and energy in helping young professionals find their way in what can at times be seen as a difficult field to get started in.


I’m especially grateful for the team of leaders that make up the 2016 AZ CPCU Society Board.  As I like to say, “They make the magic happen”.  Those Board members include:  Brett Clausen – Past President, Brent Dohogne – Vice President, Brad Magick – Treasurer and Jeremy Vick – Secretary; Directors:  Angela Freedline, Brett Dawson, Cheryl Dumpert, Diane Scheidt, Lamont Boyd, Nicole Brown and Sherry McFadden.

Our 2016 I-Day was another huge success with over 240 attendees which included 53 New Designees being recognized by Mike Koscielny, President-Elect, of the CPCU Society and Western Region Governor and AZ CPCU Chapter Past President, Will Thomas.

During our I-Day event on November 17th, Will Thomas and I presented the 2016 Light the Way Award to Brett Clausen.  Brett is the Arizona Business Unit Vice President for Farm Bureau Financial Services.  He’s our past president of the AZ CPCU Chapter, currently serves as the Vice President of the Professional Experience Resource Group of the CPCU Society and on the board of the Arizona Insurance Institute.  Brett has a Master’s degree from Boston University and holds the CPCU, AIC, API, Are, AU, CIC designations as well certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Brett was selected for this prestigious award for his ongoing contributions to the Arizona chapter, our local industry (including the Arizona Insurance Institute), and the Society’s PERG Interest Group, among many others. The implementation of the mentoring program is the just the latest example of how he continues to light the way for others to serve and follow.

The AZ Chapter of CPCU created the Light the Way Award to honor and remember Clay Hopkins. Clay was very active in Education for both the chapter and for the entire CPCU Society. He contributed to writing the CPCU Property textbook and taught the Property classes here in Phoenix for many years. He made a lasting impression on all he came in contact with. This award is reserved for those who are deemed to have made a consistent and powerful contribution to our chapter and to the local industry, in essence, “Lighting the Way” for others to serve and follow.  

December event reminders:

  • December 1st – Deadline for the photo contest.All entries MUST be received no later than December 1st to be eligible to win.

  • December Business Meeting & Luncheon – December 21st from 11:30 – 1:00 PM at The Sheraton Mesa Hotel @ Wrigleyville West.

For more information on any of our upcoming events, please access our website at:  https://arizona.cpcusociety.org/.

Warmest regards,

Kim Ferrera, CPCU

President – Arizona CPCU Society Chapter


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